Volunteer Opportunities During The COVID-19 Crisis
Just because we have shelter-in-place orders, doesn't mean we can't do some good out there and help those in need. Please see below for FOUR incredible Outreach Opportunities you can participate in during this trying time.
AAA RISE TOGETHER T-shirt - $20
10 T-shirts Left OR Donate Directly to The American Red Cross of Central Texas
While we're dealing with uncertainty, and we're all either essential workers or working from home, one thing is certain... We are all here for one another working together to get through this crisis and make for a better tomorrow. We created this t-shirt to represent that spirit. ALL PROCEEDS (the full $20) goes to the American Red Cross of Central Texas, which is in great need during this time.
If you did not get a chance to order, and would still like a t-shirt, please contact Amber Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if there are any extras available.
#AAAbloodorbucks Giving Opportunity
We're asking our members to participate in our #Bloodorbucks Drive. The Red Cross and We Are Blood have had to cancel blood drives all over due to the pandemic. In North Texas alone, 32 blood drives have been canceled, resulting in 1,258 fewer blood donations and almost 2,700 blood drives have been canceled nationwide.
Members can either donate BLOOD or MONEY through the link below. To support social distancing, appointments are now required to give blood, and the donation centers are taking health and safety very seriously, following thorough protocols such as: enhanced disinfecting and sanitation practices, temperature checks on every donor before entering the donation center, wearing face masks and a full list of Red Cross Donation Safety Protocols.
When you give, we would love for you to tag the Austin Apartment Association on Facebook and use the hashtag #AAAbloodorbucks.
Short Term Rental/SAFE Partnership
We are partnering with SAFE to offer up vacant short term rentals or other livable/furnished vacant units to people in domestic abuse situations during the COVID-19 crisis. If you are a property owner or manager and have vacancies you would like to offer up for this effort, please email Amber Collins at email@example.com.
Other AAA Outreach, Volunteer Efforts
Red Cross Disaster Response Team
AAA wishes to create a trained volunteer emergency response team for Red Cross, one specifically utilized to call on to respond to emergencies at apartment communities in our area such as fires, floods and other emergencies.
What is your obligation as a member of the AAA Emergency Response Team?
One hour of online training followed by two hours of classroom training conducted by the Red Cross. Once training is complete, your name will be added to a volunteer roster at the Red Cross of Central Texas. In the event of an emergency at a multi-family rental housing community, our team of trained volunteers will be contacted to help in response efforts. There is no obligation to help when called, but the hope is you will be trained and ready to go when help is needed most.
AISD Back to School Bash Backpack Stuffing
Outreach members helped the Austin Independent School District by stuffing backpacks at the Delco Center in preparation for their annual Back to School Bash. In 2018, this program provided 5,032 backpacks to Austin ISD students at Bash, Family Resource Centers, the International Welcome Center and the Refugee Family Support Office. Families and students also received 115 haircuts, 120 haircut certificates, over 30 eye exams, 350 booster seats, 111 Child ID Kits, various health screenings and dozens of door prizes—all free!
Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive
Raising Funds & Feeding Families in Central Texas
The Austin Apartment Association’s annual Doc & Gayle Young Food Drive is a volunteer-driven fundraiser to purchase Thanksgiving foodstuffs for Central Texans in our 11-county jurisdiction. Just one $45 donation gives a family their Thanksgiving food pack this year. 100% of collected funds go toward buying family food packs for needy families and individuals in Austin and surrounding areas. Fundraising begins in earnest early September and ends mid-November. Food packs are hand-delivered by volunteers to the Austin Housing Authority, the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services Rainbow Room, SAFE Austin and Foundation Communities on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Read more about the annual Food Drive.
AAA outreach volunteers help Brady's Bridge by packaging Christmas trees for children spending the holidays in local hospitals, as well as by creating a special fundraising event at our annual Holiday Gala. Brady’s Bridge was created to provide individualized care in a group setting for kids of all abilities. Read more about Brady's Bridge.
Ronald McDonald House
AAA outreach volunteers will meet periodically to cook and serve breakfast for families at Ronald McDonald House. The Central Texas Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms provide a comforting “home-away-from-home” for families to stay so they can fight their child’s illness or injury together.